By Randy Appleton, Virginia (VA) Injury Attorney
A major recall was announced earlier this week that affects more than 3.4 million older model vehicles across a variety of brands. The recalls impact six carmakers, including Toyota, Honda and Nissan. The vehicles are being recalled after reports surfaced that defective airbags can send shrapnel flying into the passenger compartment of the vehicle, potentially injuring occupants of the car.
The recall impacts cars sold mainly by Japanese carmakers, though a small number of vehicles made by BMW and GM are also included. The airbags all contained parts from the same parts supplier, Japanese firm Takata Corporation. The automakers will be checking for airbags that have faulty inflator mechanisms that do not properly route compressed gas into the airbags. Instead of inflating the airbag, the faulty devices use gas to spray the interior compartment of the vehicle with plastic and metal parts. Takata announced the major recall after six reported incidents of airbags improperly deploying were brought to light.
The recall comes as unwelcome news for all the automakers, but especially Toyota which has been working to overcome a reputation for defects that began after the sudden acceleration problems surfaced several years ago. Since October of 2012, Toyota has issued four major recalls, each involving more than a million vehicles.
The latest recall involves a total of 1.7 million Toyota vehicles worldwide, including nearly 600,000 in North America. The models include the Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus SC 430 sports car, all made between 2001 and 2003. Honda has 1.1 million affected vehicles, including 680,000 in North America. Models include the Civic, CR-V and Odyssey minivan. Nissan is recalling 265,000 vehicles in the U.S., including the Maxima, Pathfinder and Sentra as well as several Infiniti models. Mazda, GM and BMW also announced recalls, though in much smaller numbers.
The Virginia Injury Attorney’s Perspective:
As we wrote about last month, airbag troubles are frequent causes for automotive recalls. The issue is not whether airbags save lives, a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that in one year airbags typically save upwards of 2,700 lives. The problem, in the case of many of these recalls, and in the recent Takata trouble, is making sure the airbags will inflate when they’re supposed to and that they do not inflate when they aren’t.
Attorneys with our Virginia (VA) personal injury law firm have helped several victims of dangerous and defective products recover damages from companies whose negligence or disregard for consumer safety led to injuries. Contact us if this or any other recalled product has jeopardized your safety.
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